Whether it was classic metallics or glorious, vibrant prints, these five Indian fashion collections made a huge impact off the runways, with celebrities and socialites alike rushing to wear them.
Story by Rumnique Nannar
Chosen from Delhi Couture, Lakme, Bridal, Wills Lifestyle India and India Resortwear Fashion Weeks, these are the top five collections that blew away the competition and made us itch to strut down the street in these fabulous pieces!
1. “Indian” by Manish Arora
PCJ Delhi Couture Week had a packed schedule with Sabyasachi‘s elegant collection and Anamika Khanna‘s sombre pieces, but the one collection that had everyone talking was Manish Arora’s vibrant and kitschy show. Arora mixed in influences like Buddhist temples, Indian street art and jewelry from his Paris collections to create this eclectic vision of Indian bridal wear. The collection was a stunning mix of colourful anarkalis and boxy blouses paired with print-heavy lehengas, which was a nice way to temper the intense colours and prints.
Actress Kajol was spotted in one of the more understated tunics, while Sonam Kapoor wore a cute heart-print sari that demonstrated the wearability of Arora’s wild collection.
2. Indian Punk by Nikhil Thampi
Indian Punk was one of the most well-loved collections at Lakme Fashion Week because of the simplicity and fusion of the moody metallics and Kathakalli motifs on the saris and lehengas. Thampi’s line was rebellious in its grungy combinations of gold-coined boleros and lungis, or the stunningly draped saris and boxy lehengas. The collection was an instant hit off the runway with Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez spotted in a kurta-gold skirt combo, and Kangana Ranaut in a stunning cutout dress with gold trousers. Matching punk spirit with traditional outfits is a hard combo to pull off, but Thampi’s line wowed us with his unique style.
3. Stuck with Stupid by Quirk Box
Quirk Box designers Rixi Bhatia and Jayesh Sachdev were part of the GenNext designer showcase at Lakme Fashion Week, and made a rollicking debut with their eccentric collection. Their collection was a wacky and adorable mix of Japanese manga designs and vintage cars paired with bright turquoise and green jumpsuits, dresses, boleros and skirts. Quirk Box injected some life into an otherwise bleh season of GenNext designers. It’s easy for quirky prints to become passè but Quirk Box utilized great tailoring with poplin, silk crepes and georgettes that created fluid and interesting silhouettes. The designers have won favour with Kajol, who sported their green jumpsuits weeks after the runway show, and Deepika Padukone in her minion jacket.
4. Opium + Absolute Royal by Sabyasachi
Sabyasachi had a very good fashion year (has he ever had a bad year?), with appearances at Delhi Couture Week, and a grand finale at Lakme Fashion Week. The Opium collection at Delhi Couture Week seemed like a further refinement of the lace, georgette and subtle colours that populate Sabyasachi’s work. It’s no wonder that Deepika Padukone wore his gorgeous lace sari to the launch of her film, Ram Leela, because it perfectly highlighted the opulence and drama of that movie. The Absolute Royal line at Lakme Fashion Week was another noir and regal show of pieces that had military silhouettes, flowing gowns, and our favourite, the striped blouse-saris for the flapper-inspired modern maharani! The striped blouse was a lovely touch to such an elegant collection, and both Kajol and Kangana Ranaut were seen in the ensemble off the runway.
5. Masaba for Satya Paul
In the earlier part of the year, Masaba Gupta created a stir with her debut collection for Satya Paul in Delhi. The lipstick-print saris (which Masaba’s muse, Sonam Kapoor, was spotted in before the collection even debuted), had nearly every starlet on speed-dial to grab a piece of the collection! The digital print saris and leggings, eclectic colours and ready-to-wear dresses were signature Masaba in style while staying true to the Satya Paul tradition of vibrant, artistic prints. And you know that when Sonam Kapoor wears your line, its for fashion-fame posterity!
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Story By: Rumnique Nannar